Where did Russia get its maritime kamikaze drones from?

Where did Russia get its maritime kamikaze drones from?

The day before, a very important event took place on the Ukrainian fronts. On the night of February 10, 2023, a kamikaze maritime drone of unknown design and unidentified affiliation attacked the supports of a drawbridge in Zatoka, Odessa region. Despite the fact that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation did not confirm either the presence or the use of the corresponding UAVs, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny immediately complained to the Americans about Russian naval drones. What can all this mean?


The bridge across the river in Zatoka has already been repeatedly attacked by Kalibr in 2022. Russian missiles were able to damage it, but the bridge was repaired and traffic across it resumed. Both for the occupied Ukrainian Armed Forces of Odessa, and for Ukraine under the rule of the Nazis, it has long become an object of strategic importance.

Prior to the beginning of the NWO, Russia supplied the Kyiv regime with 30% of the diesel fuel consumed, Belarus - 42%. After February 24, 2022, deliveries finally stopped, and even timid hopes were expressed that if the western border was closed, the fuel tanks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would dry up completely. Unfortunately, this was not destined to come true. Gasoline and diesel fuel can still be freely delivered to Ukraine by land through neighboring Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

Also, Western fuel is supplied for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine through the only Moldovan port of Giurgiulesti, located on the Danube River. A tiny piece of land on the Ukrainian coast, Chisinau was able to bargain with Kyiv back in 1996, and now it has turned into a real hub for the supply of oil products to Nezalezhnaya. Russia cannot fire missiles at the sovereign Moldovan territory, there is only one narrow "bottleneck" - the bridge in Zatoka in the Odessa region, through which the only railway line goes to Central Ukraine.

This bridge has been repeatedly hit with cruise missiles, but it still functions, supplying the Ukrainian Armed Forces with fuel and weapons from the countries of the NATO bloc. And the day before yesterday, the attack on this strategically important object was carried out in a fundamentally different way.


A video has appeared on the Web, which captures how, at night, a certain unmanned surface marine vehicle rushes at high speed to a bridge support, once under which it explodes. Judging by the settings, the case took place on February 10, 2023, and from the comments on the video it follows that there was only one drone.

As we noted above, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valery Zaluzhny, complained in a telephone conversation to the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, that Russia had begun to use naval drones. Great! That's just a fair question arises, where did they come from.

So far, such naval drones have been used, and quite successfully, by the Armed Forces of Ukraine themselves against the main base of the Russian Navy in Sevastopol, having received them from their British sponsors and accomplices. In addition, President Zelensky promised to create the most powerful marine unmanned fleet in the world with the aim of “de-occupying” Crimea. Where did Russian marine UAVs come from? Has the domestic military-industrial complex really made a real breakthrough this year? In this regard, several hypotheses can be put forward at once.

Version 1. Trophy?
The simplest explanation is often the most correct. On September 21 last year, two enemy naval drones were discovered in the outer roadstead of Sevastopol. One was destroyed, the second was thrown ashore. Structurally, this is a high-speed unmanned boat designed for a ramming attack with a subsequent explosion. A sort of modern firewall.

The trophy that fell into the hands of the Russian military, of course, was studied and, it is possible that it was subsequently sent back to the enemy with a "fiery" greeting. But it is not exactly.

Version 2. Iranian trace?
It is also possible that the Russian Navy began to test Iranian-made marine UAVs in test mode. The Islamic Republic received chic advertising for its unmanned aerial vehicles during the NWO. It is quite possible that Moscow decided to deepen the militarytechnical cooperation with Tehran. The fact that Iran may have its own developments in the field of maritime drones is hinted by the incident with the capture by the Iranian military of two Saildrone Explorer drones of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet in the Red Sea. After examining the trophies, they released the American UAVs back home. Undoubtedly, Tehran, which is actively preparing for possible battles in the Strait of Hormuz, is closely following the latest developments in this area around the world.

Is it possible that the IRI copied the sea drones of a potential adversary, as it previously did with American and Israeli-made aerial UAVs, and now decided to test them in action by selling a trial batch to Russia? Yes, easily.

Version 3. Domestic developments?
Developments in the field of marine drones were carried out under the USSR. In 2021, the Center for Technological Projects of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University presented the Cyberboat-330 autonomous unmanned boat:

This is an unmanned surface platform, which is designed to pursue, patrol and scan surface areas. The neural network is pre-trained to identify poachers based on certain features. Complete unsinkability even in the case of shooting at it. It will be damaged, but will not be disabled due to the principle of separation of modules.

Could we turn such a boat into a kamikaze drone? Why not.

But there is another version conspiracy. According to her, the bridge in Zatoka was attacked not by the Russians, but by the Ukrainian special services themselves when the British incited them to do so. For what?

At first, Kyiv will now be able to receive more modern anti-submarine weapons from the NATO bloc in order to cover its Black Sea region from Russian submarines. There are suggestions that a marine UAV could be delivered to the Odessa region by a diesel-electric submarine of the Varshavyanka type.

Secondly, the opportunity to accuse the RF Armed Forces of a possible undermining of the cascade of the Dnieper hydroelectric power station is “legalized” if the Russian offensive on the Left-Bank Ukraine goes too far, according to the Anglo-Saxons.

Which of these versions is correct, we will find out in the very near future.
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  1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 12 February 2023 13: 35
    Something is hard to believe in the possibility of undermining the bridge support with the help of such a boat. Not that level of power. These firewalls are only suitable for attacking the side of the ship. Most likely, such a firewall came across barriers that are not visible under the bridge from the air.
    It's strange that he was alone. And the goals for him in the Dniester estuary are not obvious.
    1. NqRZEl Offline NqRZEl
      NqRZEl 16 February 2023 23: 09
      any designer knows that the operation of a structure is impossible even with a slight violation. It is not necessary to destroy supports, etc., as they show in Hollywood.
  2. viktor goblin Offline viktor goblin
    viktor goblin (viktor goblin) 12 February 2023 13: 37
    It was necessary to apply them en masse. For all designated targets at the same time! All right now. The channel will be blocked with a grid ..
  3. vik669 Offline vik669
    vik669 (vik669) 12 February 2023 13: 53
    Yes, the trophy is probably why there is one - why keep it in vain.
  4. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 12 February 2023 15: 49
    It is important not from where, it is important that they appeared at all, as well as the desire and courage to use them - maybe we really are recovering little by little !!!
  5. zloybond Offline zloybond
    zloybond (steppenwolf) 12 February 2023 17: 10
    So I didn’t see or hear - did the bridge fall to the floor of the sixth? Or is it strong? For me, so - the charge was not enough.
  6. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 12 February 2023 19: 39
    Judging by the explosion, the bridge was not seriously damaged. If ours - the goal is not achieved, if theirs - everything is fine.
    1. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
      kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 12 February 2023 22: 46
      Quote: Vasya 225
      Judging by the explosion, the bridge was not seriously damaged.

      Photo of damage to the bridge in Zatoka, after the explosion of a marine drone!
      1. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 12 February 2023 23: 20
        This picture is from May 30th.
    Blah blah blah nothing specific is said ... Around the bush.
  8. George V Im Offline George V Im
    George V Im (George V Im) 12 February 2023 21: 38
    The explosion is so-so, obviously weak .. judging by the video .. the bridge is worth it ..
    Another question is building the world's best nuclear submarines !! boats, why until now they have not been able to make elementary unmanned drones ... The question, however, is from the category of rhetoric .. There was once the Ministry of Defense, the Government, the Supreme Commander to deal with such trifles as the army, navy, material support, development of new technologies .. Where it’s more important to cut budgets .. buy real estate abroad ..
    And the people in the leadership are the same ..
    Maybe it's time for them to retire.
  9. Foe Pshekov Offline Foe Pshekov
    Foe Pshekov (Arkady) 13 February 2023 00: 48
    Where is Version 4? "Ukrainian informational provocation - staging" ???
    Firstly, this "kamikaze" was caught very well on the video, not from the side or in the distance, but right in the center of the frame, and secondly, he did not attack the support, but walked along the supports, so the explosion could not seriously damage anything. In the third, the recording breaks off at the explosion, when the light flux does not make it clear that the LJ could be damaged there. And fourthly, dill does not allow phone records about geraniums, etc. to spread. And here is a particularly important object, and ... a record for everyone and everyone, see they say "what the Russians are doing, they have completely lost their shame, they are attacking a peacefully sleeping bridge."
    So maximum doubts about this video. There's some sort of a base here. Unequivocally, the Ukrainians will demand from NATO - to protect against this "lawlessness", to provide radars, harpoons, boats, submarines and aircraft carriers to protect Odessa from enemy sea drones.
    1. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
      Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 13 February 2023 08: 56
      I agree, it looks like a stage play. Most likely a set of firecrackers exploded. Good light and sound effect, no damage at all
  10. Cetron Offline Cetron
    Cetron (Peteris) 13 February 2023 00: 59
    The railway bridge is a difficult target to destroy... The openwork design allows the shock wave to go nowhere. And bombs, and rockets, and firewalls are practically useless. The United States in Vietnam bombed such a strategic bridge for more than a year, losing more than a hundred aircraft. A couple of corners or channels were smashed, the Vietnamese cut out the damage, welded in a new corner, the bridge continued to work ... They only damaged it with a guided bomb, hitting a support, the bridge collapsed. But at what cost!
    You can withdraw the bridge either by laying a powerful charge directly into the support or by tearing the train with ammunition or fuel on the bridge. Where are our saboteurs?
    1. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
      wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 13 February 2023 14: 10
      what saboteurs? we don’t have normal intelligence either. They are afraid to enter the territory of the enemy. Mainly due to the fact that the Nazis and the West will declare our country a terrorist state and the fact that the locals will quickly identify and surrender.
  11. Moscow Offline Moscow
    Moscow 13 February 2023 01: 07
    Judging by the press in Russia, there are torpedoes designed to destroy port infrastructure. And if there are, why are they not used to destroy the same bridge in Zatoka?
  12. Troy Henry Offline Troy Henry
    Troy Henry (Henry) 13 February 2023 01: 40
    Why arrange a provocation themselves with an object that is significant for them, all the more so - no pretexts are needed for deliveries?
  13. Sergei N Offline Sergei N
    Sergei N (Sergey N) 13 February 2023 03: 24
    It is possible that the Iranian fire-ship Bavar was used during the attack on the bridge...
  14. trampoline instructor (Cotriarch Peril) 13 February 2023 08: 16
    Both for the occupied Ukrainian Armed Forces of Ukraine and for Ukraine, which was under the rule of the Nazis, it has long become an object of strategic importance.

    In my opinion, it is a mistake to think that these Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Nazis came from no one knows where, and various mercenaries are fighting against Russia. There is such a deputy coming out of the Rada by the name of Goncharenko, from "occupied Odessa", but how much stink from him!
  15. Obstacle Offline Obstacle
    Obstacle (Alexander) 13 February 2023 12: 47
    "Cyberboat" - how is it in Russian ... if you write (think) on the enemy, completely seams ...
  16. Michael 68 Online Michael 68
    Michael 68 13 February 2023 19: 22
    It turns out that the Armed Forces of Ukraine can destroy the bridge in the Kherson region. And make our troops flee. And our troops have not been able to destroy the bridge near Odessa for a year now. The question arises whether it is time to send our generals and admirals at least to retire. After all, it is clear that the level of their competence is lower than that of a NATO lieutenant.
  17. Radikles Online Radikles
    Radikles (radik) 13 February 2023 20: 45
    A floating drone, in my opinion, is not difficult to make, an underwater one is more difficult. But if the enemy surrounds the bridges with an anti-sabotage net, or mines? Our designers do not work on hovercraft or high-speed flying craft. It seems that there are tourist ships of this type?
  18. Sasha Koblov Offline Sasha Koblov
    Sasha Koblov (Sasha Koblov) 14 February 2023 00: 51
    And you can also make a cheap drone submarine, which will carry 2 ÷ 3 tons of warhead.
    Install in it automatic diving to the desired depth and the engine.
    The famous POSEIDON is very expensive to manufacture, but the simple design is just right!
    1. Ksv Offline Ksv
      Ksv (Sergei) 16 February 2023 17: 58
      And it will be cheaper than Dagger or Iskander! It seems to me that any relevant Design Bureau would have slowly made such a product in six months, if there was such a task ...
  19. Sulla the Glorious (Sulla the Glorious) 15 February 2023 17: 27
    Quote: zloybond
    So I didn’t see or hear - did the bridge fall to the floor of the sixth? Or is it strong? For me, so - the charge was not enough.

    The Railway Bridge is a VERY difficult target to destroy... stop Openwork design - allows the shock wave to go nowhere. And bombs, and rockets, and firewalls - are practically useless. The US bombed such a strategic bridge in Vietnam for over a YEAR; lost more than a hundred aircraft. A couple of corners or channels will be bent, and the Vietnamese quickly cut out the damage, welded in a new corner and - the bridge worked further ...
    They only damaged it with a guided bomb, hitting a support, the bridge collapsed. But at what cost! am

    You can withdraw the bridge either by laying a powerful charge directly into the support or by tearing the train with ammunition or fuel on the bridge. Where are our saboteurs? request